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Apr 16, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0105, Pausanias' Description of Greece, Book [1.44.6], The Corinthian Isthmus. Previously, Theseus traveled the road from Troezen to Athens around the Saronic Gulf. In this passage, we explore in the opposite direction, from the Scironian Road, Cromyon, and then to the Isthmus. First is the white Megarean mussel stones along the road to the Molurian Rock, where Ino & Melicertes jumped into the sea, and became known as Leucothea & Palaemon. Later, Sciron fed strangers...
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Apr 8, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0104, Plutarch's Life of Theseus, Section [VI.], Labors of Theseus. Previously, Theseus learned that he was the son of Aegeus, king of Athens. In this passage, Theseus makes his way to Athens to be recognized as his father's heir. Theseus retrieved his father's sword and sandals from under a boulder, but then refused to sail to Athens, wanting to go by land instead. His grandfather told him of the terrible bandits and beasts that lay on the road around the Saronic Gulf, but...
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Mar 27, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0103, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, Life of Theseus [I. - VI.] The Parallel Lives. This passage begins Plutarch's comparison between the Life of Theseus and the Life of Romulus, founder of Rome. There are a few notable parallels, including questionable or divine parentage, strength and cunning, foundation of empires, terrible relationships, and feuds with family and countrymen. The story of Theseus began with wise Pittheus, son of Pelops, and King Aegeus, descendant of...
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Mar 7, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0102, Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library Book 3 [3.15.2], Kings of Athens. This passage recounts the genealogy and history of Theseus, his father Aegeus, his father Pandion the second, his father Cecrops, his father Erectheus, and his father Pandion the first. Now, Pandion the first had many children after Erectheus, including a son Metion and a daughter Orithyia. After Erectheus died, his son Cecrops became King. But his son Pandion the second went to Megara, married Pylia...
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Feb 11, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0101, Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses Book 7 [322], Medea & Aegeus. Previously, Medea convinced the daughters of Pelias to slay their father. In this passage, they do just that, and Medea flies from Iolcus to Corinth to Athens, sowing chaos in her wake. After slaying Pelias, Medea and her dragons sail over Pelion, Orthrys, Pittane, Ida's grove, Eurypylus, Rhodes, Carthaea, Hyrie, Pleuron, Calauria, and Cyllene; all with their own legends. After burning the palace in...
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Jan 30, 2019 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0100, Diodorus Siculus, Library of History [4.56.3], The Birth of Theseus. The next 25 episodes cover the early adventures of Theseus, son of Aegeus. In this passage, he journeys to Athens to be recognized by his father. But first, this passage continues from last episode with an alternate route of the Argonauts around the Iberian Peninsula. Then, the sons of Heracles fought wars against Eurystheus, Mycenae, Troy, and the Dorian Invasion. Finally, Theseus was born to Aethra,...
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Dec 31, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0099 -XXV ARGO- The End of the Argo, from Diodorus' Library of History. Previously, Medea tricked the daughters of Pelias into killing their own father. In this passage, the Argonauts take over Iolchus, and Jason hands the kingdom over to Acastus, the king's son. Jason and Medea live happily in Corinth, but Jason stets aside his wife to marry the daughter of Creon, so Medea sneaks into the palace with a magic root that burns the palace to ash. Finally, Medea cured Heracles...
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Nov 17, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0098 -XXIV ARGO- Medea & The Argo, from The Library of Apollodorus. Previously, the Argonauts had many adventures on their quest to obtain the Golden Fleece. In this passage, Medea's own story comes to the forefront. Not only does she help Jason win the fleece, but slays her own brother to aid in their escape. After being purified for this deed by her aunt Circe, Medea weds Jason on the isle of the Phaeacians. Medea defeats the bronze giant named Talos on the isle of...
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Nov 5, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0097 -XXIII ARGO- Fables of the Argo, from the Fables of Hyginus. Previously, the Argonauts launched from Iolcus, getting sidetracked by the women of Lemnos. In this passage they sail all the way to Colchis, and leave with Medea, who is eventually betrayed, exiled, and returns home. http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusFabulae1.html#16 Fables of the Argo, a Legendary Passage from, GAIUS JULIUS HYGINUS, FABLES XVI - XXVII, translated by MARY GRANT. [16] - [27] [16] XVI. CYZICUS...
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Oct 31, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0096 -XXII ARGO- The Chariot (Part 7) of Euripides' Medea. Previously, Medea slew both the King and Jason's bride. In this passage, she completes her revenge, and escapes to Athens on a flying chariot. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm The Chariot (Part 7), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge. LEADER OF THE CHORUS This day the deity, it seems, will mass on Jason, as he well deserves, heavy load of evils. Woe is thee, daughter of...
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Sep 7, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0095 -XXI ARGO- The Messenger (Part 6) of Euripides' Medea. Previously, Medea sent her children with a poisoned crown & robes to the daughter of Creon. In this passage, she debates just how far to take her vengeance, when a messenger arrives and reveals the ill fates of Creon and his daughter. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm The Messenger (Part 6), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge. (MEDEA turns to the children.) MEDEA O my...
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Aug 31, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0094 -XX ARGO- The Children (Part 5) of Euripides' Medea. Previously, Medea hatched a plan of vengeance upon her husband Jason, his new bride, and their children. In this passage, Medea pretends to make peace, and so that her children may escape banishment, prepares a golden crown and robes for Jason's new bride. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm The Children (Part 5), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge. CHORUS (singing, strophe...
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Jul 28, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0093 -XIX ARGO- Aegeus (Part 4) of Euripides' Medea. Previously, Medea decided not to take vengeance on Jason or his new wife until she could secure some safe haven for herself. In this passage, Aegeus, father of Theseus, offers Medea safe haven in Athens. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm Aegeus (Part 4), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge. CHORUS (singing, strophe 1) When in excess and past all limits Love doth come, he brings...
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Jun 30, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0092 -XVIII ARGO- Jason (Part 3), from Euripides' Medea. Previously, Medea was left by Jason for the daughter of Creon, and was then banished into exile. In this passage, Jason gives Medea his reasonings, but she wants no help from him. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm Jason (Part 3), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge CHORUS (singing, strophe 1) Back to their source the holy rivers turn their tide. Order and the universe are...
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May 17, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0091 -XVII ARGONAUTS- Creon (Part 2), from Euripides' Medea. Previously, Jason left Medea for the daughter of Creon. In this passage, Medea is confronted by Creon who banishes her family from Corinth. She talks Creon into giving her one more day, and plots to kill him, his daughter, and Jason too. http://sacred-texts.com/cla/eurip/medea.htm Creon (Part 2), a Legendary Passage, from Euripides' Medea, trans. by E. P. Coleridge. (As the CHORUS finishes its song, MEDEA enters...
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Apr 25, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0090 -XVI ARGONAUTS- The Nurse (Part 1) of Euripides' Medea. Unlike previous episodes, the next seven are actually a play, performed by myself, and by my sister Aly playing as Medea. In this passage, Jason has decided to leave her and wed the daughter of Creon, and worse, Medea's family is to be driven from the city. Two servants, an Attendant watching the children and an old nurse, discuss the recent marital woes, while off stage Medea cries in lamentation. After the...
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Mar 27, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Mar 16, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0089 -XV ARGONAUTS- Medea's Letter, from Ovid's Heroides. Previously, Jason left Medea for another woman. Now, she wants him to take her back, or else... http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidHeroides3.html#12 Medea's Letter, a Legendary Passage from, Publius Ovidius Naso, HEROIDES EPISTLE XII, trans. by GRANT SHOWERMAN Meanwhile the condition is imposed that you press the hard necks of the fierce bulls at the unaccustomed plow. To Mars the bulls belonged, raging with more than mere...
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Mar 1, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0088 -XIV ARGNONAUTS- Canace & Medea, from Ovid's Heroides. Previously, Medea helped Jason win the golden fleece, they got married, and lived happily ever after. In this passage, however, with their marriage at an end, Medea recounts their first fateful meeting. But first, a letter to Marcareus from Canace, son and daughter of King Aeolus, and star-crossed lovers as well. Their forbidden love yields a son that they try to sneak out of the palace. But the newborn cries...
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Feb 16, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0087 -XIII ARGONAUTS- Rejuvenation, from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Previously, the Argonauts returned home with the golden fleece, discovered old King Pelias had killed Jason's father, and then Medea tricked Pelias' daughters into killing him, thinking they were restoring his youth. In this passage, Jason's father Aeson still lives, although quite old. At Jason's request, Medea flies on her dragons across Greece, searching for magic herbs to make Aeson young again. She succeeds,...
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Jan 17, 2018 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0086 -XII ARGONAUTS- The Return of the Argo, from Diodorus. Previously, the Argonauts rescued King Laomedon's daughter from the Trojan sea-monster, and suffered casualties escaping with the golden fleece. In this passage they are rescued by the sea-god Glaucus, return to King Laomedon for rewards, and Medea avenges Jason's family against King Pelias. After setting sail with the fleece, Orpheus prays for an end to the savage storms. The sea-god Glaucus guides them to safety...
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Dec 22, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0085 -XI ARGNONAUTS- Hypsipyle's Letter, from Ovid's Heroides. Previously, the Argonauts began their adventures on Lemnos, eventually capturing the golden fleece, Jason married Medea, and they all returned home. In this passage the Queen of Lemnos, Hypsipyle, curses Jason for not returning to her and their children together. http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidHeroides2.html#6 Hypsipyle's Letter, a Legendary Passage from, Publius Ovidius Naso, HEROIDES EPISTLES VI, trans. by GRANT...
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Dec 15, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0084 -X ARGONAUTS- Crete & Calliste, from The Argonautica. Previously, Jason & Medea took the Golden Fleece and set sail for Iolcus. This passage recounts their final adventures before returning home: the bronze giant Talos, the Island of Anaphe, Calliste (also known as Thera), and finally their return to Iolcus. After getting lost in Libya, where Triton gave them directions and a clod of earth, the Argonauts came to the Island of Crete. Unfortunately, Talos, a giant...
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Dec 15, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0084 -X ARGONAUTS- Crete & Calliste, from The Argonautica. Previously, Jason & Medea took the Golden Fleece and set sail for Iolcus. This passage recounts their final adventures before returning home: the bronze giant Talos, the Island of Anaphe, Calliste (also known as Thera), and finally their return to Iolcus. After getting lost in Libya, where Triton gave them directions and a clod of earth, the Argonauts came to the Island of Crete. Unfortunately, Talos, a giant...
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Dec 11, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0083 -IX ARGONAUTS- Jason & Medea, from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Previously, Medea and Jason exchanged magic charms and promises of marriage. We see that scene again, and then how Medea's magic helped Jason win the Golden Fleece. http://www.theoi.com/Text/OvidMetamorphoses7.html#1 Jason & Medea, a Legendary Passage from, Publius Ovidius Naso, METAMORPHOSES BOOK 7, trans. by BROOKES MORE, [1] - [149] And having suffered hardships and great toils, after the day they...
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Dec 8, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0082 -VIII ARGONAUTS- The Love of Medea, from The Argonautica. Previously, Jason and the Argonauts sailed all the way from Iolcus to Colchus to retrieve the Golden Fleece. This passage shows his meeting with Medea, obtaining her help to overcome the trials, and his promise of love and never-ending gratitude. http://www.theoi.com/Text/ApolloniusRhodius3.html The Love of Medea, a Legendary Passage from, APOLLONIUS RHODIUS, ARGONAUTICA BOOK 3, trans. by R. C. SEATON. [912] -...
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Dec 4, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0081 -VII ARGONAUTS- The Trojan Sea-Monster, from Diodorus. Previously, Jason and the Argonauts set sail from Iolcus, and had several adventures, concluding with Phineas and the Harpies. This passages is similar, but has stories of Troy, the Dioscori, and a very different account of Phineas. After Jason assembles the Argonauts, thankfully only a handful are mentioned this time, they land at Troy and discover a princess bound in chains on the shore's edge. Hercules frees the...
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Nov 28, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0080 -VI ARGONAUTS- Jason & The Argonauts, from The Library of Apollodorus. Previously, Jason received his quest, assembled dozens of Argonauts, and landed at Lemnos. Those tales are recounted here, as well as the other adventures on the voyage to Colchis. After Lemnos, the Argonauts were greeted by King Cyzicus of the Doliones, whom they accidentally killed. Then they went to Mysia, and sailed away without Hylas, Polyphemus, and Hercules, depending on the version of the...
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Nov 26, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0079 -V ARGONAUTS- Launch of the Argo, from The Fables of Hyginus. Previously, Jason vowed to retrieve the golden fleece, and dozens of Argonauts joined in the quest. This passage continues listing the crew-members, recounts who was lost along the way, and their first adventure on the Island of Lemnos. Many Argonauts are given fuller descriptions here: Castor & Pollux, Lynceus & Idas, Zetes & Calais, and Jason's cousin Prince Acastus. Of those who were lost on...
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Nov 20, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0078 -IV ARGONAUTS- The Argonauts Assembled, from The Fables of Hyginus. Previously, Phrixus escaped from his mother Ino on a flying golden ram to Cholchis. This time, more details on the families of Ino, Antiopa, and Jason. Antiopa was a daughter of Nycteus, and had by Jupiter twin sons named Amphion and Zetus. She was captured by Lycus and his wife Dirce, but when her sons grew up they avenged her. Amphion became king, married Niobe, and had many children... most of whom...
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Legendary Passages #0077 -III ARGONAUTS- Introduction to the Argonauts, from The Library of Apollodorus. Previously, Ino conspired to sacrifice her stepson Phrixus, but he escaped on the back of a flying golden ram. Another version of that tale is told here, as well as the backgrounds and genealogies of many Argonauts, including Jason. Aeolus had sons Sisyphus and Athamas, who was father of Phrixus and husband of Nephele, Ino, and Themisto; and they all came to bad ends. Salmoneus impersonated...
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Nov 8, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0076 -II ARGONAUTS- Ino & Phrixus, from the Fables of Hyginus. Previously, Jason and the Argonauts sailed to Colchis, and with the help of Medea, stole the Golden Fleece from her father King Aeetes. This episode reveals how the the Golden Fleece came to Colchis, after a very long preface. Listed here are the genealogies of the Roman gods. Eventually we come to the three wives of King Athamas. Both Ino and Themisto had twins by him, and Themisto snuck into the nursery to...
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Legendary Passages #0075 -RELAUNCH- The Argonauts, from Diodorus. Welcome to Legendary Passages, a thrice weekly podcast about Greek and Roman classical mythology. My name is Joel; I have been doing this podcast for several years now. I have always loved science fiction and fantasy and comic-book super-heroes, as well as history and religion, so I searched far and wide for podcasts about the old Greek heroes. There were a few gems like 'Mythology Translated', and 'The Myths and History of...
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Legendary Passages #0074 - Cybele & Atlantis - Origin of the Gods, from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time we discussed the god Uranus and his children. This time we cover his sons Atlas and Cronus, and their various descendants. But first long aside on the goddess Cybele, born a princess but abandoned in the countryside. She fell in love with Attis, but after her father found out, he had him killed. She wandered the countryside with her friend Marsyas, who competed with Apollo...
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Legendary Passages #0073 - The Gods of Atlantis - Sky, Sun, & Moon, from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time we reviewed the history of Atlantis. This time we focus more on the ancient gods born there that inspired the Greek religion. Their first King was a wise man named Uranus, who taught them laws, agriculture, astronomy, and the calendar. When he died, his people deified him as the universe made manifest. Uranus had many wives, but his most productive was named Titaea, and...
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Legendary Passages #0072 - The Kings of Atlantis - Atlantean governance, from Plato's Critias. Last time we explored the capitol city of Atlantis. This time we get a view of the whole of the island, and learn how they governed themselves. Firstly, remember that a hundred stadia in length is about 11.5 miles or about 18.5 kilometers. Atlantis had a huge fertile plain sheltered by mountains, and all the waters flowed into a massive circular ditch that connected to the sea, which branched off into...
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Legendary Passages #0071 - The Island of Atlantis - Atlantean architecture, from Plato's Critias. Last time we reviewed the ancient Athenians. This time we explore the island city of Atlantis itself. Poseidon had five sets of twin sons with a mortal woman named Cleito, and their firstborn son was named Atlas, after whom Atlantis and the Atlantic ocean was so named, and each successive firstborn son of line his became king. The island was rich in resources, chiefly in orichalcum, a glowing red...
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Sep 22, 2017 Legendary Passages
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Legendary Passages #0070 - Critias & Atlantis - Ancient Athenians, from Plato's Critias. Last time Critias gave a summary of the war between Athens and Atlantis. This time he begins to expand on that conflict, starting with the original Athenians. In the olden days, the gods divided the lands amongst themselves, and shepherded their followers. Athens was governed by Hephaestus and Athena, the gods of craftiness, so their people were wise and virtuous. Through several calamities, most of...
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Legendary Passages #0069 - Timaeus & Atlantis - The Forgotten Enemy, from Plato's Timaeus. The next six episodes focus on Atlantis. This passage is an overview of the story, focusing on the forgotten history of Athens and their triumph over the Atlanteans. This story was told by an Egyptian priest to Solon, who told Critias, who told his grandson (also named Critias), who told Socrates and was recorded by Plato. Solon tries to impress the Egyptian priest by recounting their oldest stories...
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Legendary Passages #0068 - The Shield of Eurypylus - Herculean armor, from Quintus Smyrnaeus' The Fall of Troy. Last time we heard about the imprint Hercules and his family had on Theban lands. This time we revisit his mighty deeds and labors, etched upon the armor of his son Eurypylus. During the long years of the Trojan War, many allies came to the defense of Troy, after Paris made off with Helen, and the Achaeans launched a war to get her back. One of these allies was Eurypulus, son of...
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Legendary Passages #0067 - The Protidian Gate - The road from Thebes, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we heard how Heracles decided his own destiny. This time we explore the impact that he and his family had on the Theban lands. First, the tomb of Semele is near the temple of her son Dionysus; although Heracles' mother Alcmena has no tomb of her own, as her body was replaced by a stone. Then comes the tombs of the daughters of Antipoenus, who sacrificed their lives so that...
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Legendary Passages #0066 - Vice & Virtue - Herculean work ethic, from Xenophon's Memorabilia. Last time, we heard snippets from the life of Heracles. This time we focus on him as a youth, deciding what sort of man he shall become. This is a dialogue between Socrates and Aristippus, with a few quotations as well. Aristippus asks if there is any difference between hardships chosen, and those imposed. Socrates claims that self-imposed hardships build character, and toil is far superior to...
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Legendary Passages #0065 - The Chest of Cypselus - Mythological carvings, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time was Heracles 7th Labor. This time, more scenes of him, plus the Argonauts, and the Trojan War. Next time, Heracles chooses between Vice & Virtue. http://www.theoi.com/Text/Pausanias5B.html#4 The Chest of Cypselus, a Legendary Passage, from Pausanias' Description of Greece, translated by W. H. S. Jones. [5.17.5] - [5.19.10] THE CHEST OF CYPSELUS There is also a chest...
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Legendary Passages #0064 - The Cretan Bull - Daedalus, Cephalus, & Megacles, from Tzetzes' Chiliades. Last time we covered the stories of sanctuaries in Thebes. This time we hear several tales concerning the Bull of Minos, the Dog of Cephalus, and the Olympics. The Bull of Crete ties into several myths. Not only was retrieving it the seventh labor of Heracles, but it also became the Marathon bull, and was the sire of the Minotaur. We also get more background on Daedalus, exiled from Athens...
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Legendary Passages #0063 - The Sanctuary of Heracles - A tour of Thebes, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. The next six episodes will be our final review of Heracles and his family for quite a while. This time we shall cover Theban monuments to Cadmus, Heracles, and several gods. After the Ismenian Hill and Manto's Chair, the tradition of the Laurel-Bearer is discussed, as Heracles was one of those boys. After the tomb of Caanthus, is the House of Amphitryon, where his wife Alcmena gave...
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Legendary Passages #0062 - Jocasta's Children - Oedipus, Eteocles & Polynices from The Library of Apollodorus. Here we end our segment on Oedipus with the tale of the Seven Against Thebes. http://www.theoi.com/Text/Apollodorus3.html#6 Jocasta's Children, a Legendary Passage, from The Library of Apollodorus, translated by J. G. Frazer. [3.5.7] - [3.6.8] After Amphion's death Laius succeeded to the kingdom. And he married a daughter of Menoeceus; some say that she was Jocasta, and some that...
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Legendary Passages #0061 - Thebes Mythical History - Kings Ogygys to Xanthus, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we covered several daughters of Thebes. This time we examine it's peoples and it's many kings. The first Boeotians were the Ectenes, ruled by king Ogygys, who were driven extinct by a plague. Second were the Hyantes, who fled the Phoenicians; and third were the Aones, who joined with them. King Cadmus invaded Boeotia with his Phoenician army, and constructed Cadmeia,...
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Legendary Passages #0060 - The Daughters of Thebes - Semele, Agave, Antiope, & Niobe, from The Library of Apollodorus. Last time we reviewed many fables of love concerning Thebes. This time we cover the myths of Dionysus, Cadmus & Harmonia, and Zethus & Amphion. Cadmus and Harmonia had a son Polydorus, and four daughters: Agave, Ino, Autonoe, and Semele. Now Zeus loved Semele, and was tricked into killing her while sh was pregnant with Dionysus, but Zeus saved him. Dionysus was...
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Legendary Passages #0059 - The Fables of Love - Asterie to Oedipus, from Hyginus' Fabulae. Last time we covered parallel stories from Greece and Rome. This time we cover Asterie, Thetis, and Tityus; Busiris, Stheneboea, and Smyrna; Phyllis, Sisyphus and Salmoneus; Danae, Andromeda, and Alcyone; and finally Laius and his son Oedipus. Next time, the tragic tales of The Daughters of Thebes. http://www.theoi.com/Text/HyginusFabulae2.html#53 The Fables of Love, a Legendary Passage, from Hyginus'...
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Legendary Passages #0058 - Laius & Chrysippus - Greek and Roman tales, from Plutarch's Parallel Stories. Last time we heard tales of Theseus & his son Hippolytus, Helen of Troy & Persephone, and King Laius & his son Oedipus. This time we shall hear many of those tales again, as well as new ones, paired with Roman stories. Next time, more Oedipus and the Sphinx, and Fables of Love. http://www.theoi.com/Text/PlutarchParallelStories.html#33 Laius & Chrysippus, a Legendary...
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Legendary Passages #0058 - Laius & Chrysippus - Greek and Roman tales, from Plutarch's Parallel Stories. Last time we heard tales of Theseus & his son Hippolytus, Helen of Troy & Persephone, and King Laius & his son Oedipus. This time we shall hear many of those tales again, as well as new ones, paired with Roman stories. Next time, more Oedipus and the Sphinx, and Fables of Love. http://www.theoi.com/Text/PlutarchParallelStories.html#33 Laius & Chrysippus, a Legendary...
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Legendary Passages #0057 - Theseus & Oedipus - Endings & beginnings, from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. For the next six episodes we shall explore the stories of Thebes, focusing on King Laius, his son Oedipus, and the riddle of the Sphinx. But first we shall review the stories of King Theseus, his son Hippolytus, and the abductions of Helen and Persephone. King Laius married Jocasta and ruled the kingdom of Thebes. An oracle foretold that his son would bring misfortune on his...
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Legendary Passages #0056 - Thebes & Thespius - Legends of Boetia, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we reviewed various fables of Heracles. This time we finish our section on him and cover several myths of Boetia, including Thebes, the Cabeirium, Mt. Phix, Onchestus, and Thespiae. Near the Neistan Gate of Thebes is an image of Heracles the Nose-docker, commemorating his infamous attack on the Minyans. The Cabeirium is a sanctuary near a grove of Demeter; its peoples have long...
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Legendary Passages #0055 - The Fables of Hercules - The life & death of a hero, from the Fables of Hyginus. Last time we reviewed the Stymphalian Birds and the Erymanthian Boar. This passage covers the whole story of Hercules, from his conception and birth to his apotheosis. But first, the myth of the Aloadae, twin giants named Otos and Ephialtes. Sons or grandsons of Neptune, they dared challenge the gods, and planned to marry Juno and Diana. They were either killed by Apollo, or by each...
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Legendary Passages #0054 - The Birds & The Boar - Stymphalus & Erymanthus from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we reviewed the early labors of Heracles. This time we explore the regions of Stymphalus, Alea, Condylea, Psophis, and Mount Erymanthus. Stymphalus is a land of many legends, including Temenus, the son of Pelasgus; Heracles and the Stymphalian Birds; and a great chasm that floods and drains the Stymphalian plain. Alea was named after Aleus, son of Apheidas....
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Legendary Passages #0053 - The Thirteenth Labor - The Life and Labors of Heracles, from Tzetzes' Chiliades. Last time we reviewed the Augean Stables, and Heracles' later attack on the kingdom. This time we hear the first half of a sort of ancient encyclopedia entry on Heracles, covering his early adventures and labors. First, the origin of Heracles' mother Alcmene, and her encounter with Zeus. When she was about to give birth, Zeus decreed that the next born descendant of Perseus would rule as...
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Legendary Passages #0052 - The Kingdom of Elis - Herculean vengeance, from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we reviewed some of Heracles' deeds after his labors. This time we focus on the Kingdom of Elis, where he was refused payment for cleansing the stables, and later launched a war of retribution. Firstly, the text reviews the origins of the people of Elis, known as the Eleans. Their first king was Aethilius, followed by his son Endymion, and then his son Epeius. Aetolus, his...
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Legendary Passages #0051 - Labors Legacy - Herculean adventures from the Library of Apollodorus. For the next six episodes, we will revisit the legends of Hercules and the legacy of his labors. First, his final labor was to journey into Hades and bring back three-headed dog Cerberus. While there he rescued Theseus, but his friend Pirithous could not be saved, because he had sought to kidnap the goddess Persephone. His labors now at an end, Hercules gave his wife Megara to his nephew Iolaus....
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Legendary Passages #0006a - The 1st Olympics - Herculean tasks, from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time we reviewed the first eight labors of Hercules. This time we shall hear of them again, although not in the traditional order, as well as some other adventures. After capturing the Cretan Bull, Hercules started the first Olympics, and won every game himself. He fought with the gods in the Gigantomachy, and received the title of Olympian. Lastly he journeyed to Thrace, and fed King...
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Legendary Passages #0005x - The Labours of Heracles - The first eight labours, from E. M. Berens' Handbook of Mythology. Last time we heard how Heracles killed and skinned the Nemean Lion. This time we hear a summary of that tale, plus the Hydra in the swamps of Lerna; the golden Hind, sacred to Artemis; the Eyrmantian Boar and the battle with the centaurs; the flooding of the stables of King Augeus; the deadly birds of Lake Styphalis; the white bull of Crete, sire of the Minotaur; and the...
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Legendary Passages #0004a - The Nemean Lion - Heracles' 1st Labor, from The Idylls of Theocritus. Last time we reviewed the early adventures of Heracles. This time Heracles himself reveals how he accomplished his first labor: slaying the Nemean Lion. This passage is a continuation of episode 29, where Heracles went to the Augean Stables. Anyway, Augeas' son Phyleus pesters the hero with rumors about him, and how he won his lion-skin. The Lion had been ravaging the countryside, killing flocks...
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Jun 6, 2016 joel
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Legendary Passages #0003x - The Son of Amphitryon - A summary of Heracles from E. M. Berens' Handbook of Mythology. Last time we reviewed the origin of Heracles. This time we would be covering an alternate translation of the Library of Apollodorus, but as it happens, none could be found. So instead we shall cover a public domain mythology book covering the early days of Heracles. First the text covers events from last episode. Heracles is born and abandoned, nursed by Hera, and strangles...
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Legendary Passages #0002a - The Birth of Hercules - Tales of his youth from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time, the little Hercules strangled the snakes in his crib. This time, we review his origins and his life before his labors. After a long preamble about the unlikely life of this hero turned god, the author give his lineage, from Jupiter to Perseus (of Pegasus fame) to Electryo to Alcmenes, mother of Hercules. Jupiter disguised himself as Alcmenes husband Amphytriyo, and...
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Legendary Passage #0001a - The Little Heracles - An alternate translation from The Idylls of Theocritus. My thanks to my father who recorded our new intro music, his own take on the ancient Seikilos Epitaph. For the next six episodes we shall be hearing alternate translations of our first six passages, after which we'll move on to new material once again. This passage begins with Heracles and his twin brother Iphicles who are less than a year old. Their mother Alcmena rocks them to sleep in a...
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Legendary Passages #0050 - Q&A - A very special episode of Legendary Passages. Hi there, my name is Joel, I am the long time host of this podcast, and I have with me here my sister Aly. "Hello everyone!" So, I'm going to have my sister Aly ask me why I'm doing this and all sorts of other things that'll spring to her mind. "Alright, so I guess my first question is: what made you so interested in Greek Mythology to begin with?" Ah! I've been interested in Greek Mythology...
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Legendary Passages #0049 - The Epitaph of Seikilos - The world's oldest song from antiquity. The next two episodes will be a departure from mythological texts. This time we shall focus an ancient melody. The intro music for this podcast is called the Seikilos Epitaph, and is the oldest known musical composition. It was engraved on a cylindrical tombstone known as a stele, and discovered near Aydin, Turkey, not too far from Ephesus. It is at least 2000 years old. It was dug up in 1883, and the...
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Legendary Passages #0048 - Amazons versus Atlantis - Forgotten legends from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time Heracles explored North Africa and created the Pillars of Heracles during his labors. This time we examine local legends from before the Age of Heroes, focusing on the Amazons near Carthage and the peoples of the Atlas mountains, dubbed Altlanteans. These Amazons lived on an island called Hespera in the Tritonis marsh in Tunisia or Algeria. That land was more hospitable...
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Legendary Passages #0047 - Labors End - Amazons, Geryon, & Hesperides from the Library of Apollodorus. Last time we covered the final two labors of Hercules. This time we shall review more traditional versions of the Amazons, the Cattle of Geryon, and the Apples of the Hesperides. On his way to the Amazons, Hercules landed on the island of Paros; and after a misunderstanding, two of his men and four sons of Minos were dead. Hercules ends up taking the two sons of Androgeus along with him....
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Legendary Passages #0046 - Cerberus and Apples - 11th & 12th Labors from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time Theseus fought with amazons and was imprisoned in Hades. This time Heracles must also go to Hades and complete his own labors. But first an overview of Orpheus, master of melodies. He was an Argonaut who, after he lost his wife, went to Hades to try to bring her back to life. His son induced Heracles into the Eleusinian Mysteries and he descended into the underworld....
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Legendary Passages #0045 - Antiope and Pirithous - The Amazon/Athenian War from Plutarch's Life of Theseus. Last time Heracles retrieved the girdle of the Amazon Queen and Theseus made off with their princess. The Amazons waged war to retrieve Princess Antiope, marching all the way to Athens. The war ends in a treaty, but Antiope dies after giving Theseus a son named Hippolytus. Plutarch then recounts the terrible love life of Theseus, including his abduction of a young Helen of Troy. Then we...
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Legendary Passages #0044 - The Amazons and Geryon - The 9th & 10th Labors of Heracles from Diodorus Siculus' Library of History. Last time the Argonauts sailed past the Amazon river after leaving Heracles. This time we see the story from Heracles point of view. He had been commanded to bring back the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. She refused, went to war, and lost. Heracles took the girdle, and gave the amazon princess Antiope to Theseus, who married her. His next labor was to...
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Legendary Passages #0043 - The Daughters of Ares - Amazons and the Island of Ares, from Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica. The next six episodes are the culmination of all the previous ones, including Heracles, Theseus, and the Argonauts, but focusing mainly on the Amazons, the fearsome daughters of Ares. This passage recounts several adventures of the Argonauts not long after they had abandoned Heracles but before they arrived at Colchus. After they sail pass the Calichorus River and the Aulion...
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Legendary Passages #0036 - Medea's Letter to Jason - The Argonauts epitaph from Ovid's Heroides. Here ends our tragic tale of Jason and Medea. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Medea's Letter to Jason, a Legendary Passage, from Ovid's Heroides, Trans. by Grant Showerman XII. MEDEA TO JASON And yet for you, I remember, I the queen of Colchis could find time, when you besought that my art might bring you help. Then was the time when the sisters who pay out the fated thread of mortal life...
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Legendary Passages #0035 - Medea in Corinth - The Corinthian Isthmus from Pausanias' Description of Greece. This time we shall review various landmarks around the city of Corinth, and examine the stories and myths concerning them: the gods Helius and Poseidon, Queen Leucothea and her son Paleamon, Kings Neleus and Sisyphus, the usual temples and statues, and finally Jason and Medea and their children. Medea in Corinth, a Legendary Passage, from Pausanias' Description of Greece, Translated by W....
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Legendary Passages #0033 - Medea and the Argonauts - There and back again and the story of Io from The Library of Apollodorus. This time the Argonauts land at Colchis, Princess Medea steals the Golden Fleece, and they make the long voyage home. Then we cover the family of Inachus, Argus and his eye-covered body, and Princess Io who was changed into a cow. Medea and the Argonauts, a Legendary Passage, from The Library of Apollodorus, trans. by J. G. Frazer. [1.9.23] - [2.1.3] The Argonauts now...
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Legendary Passages #0032 - The Fables of the Argonauts - The quest and its repercussions, from The Fables of Hyginus. Last time the Argonauts set sail from from Iolcus, and visited Lemnos, King Cyzicus, King Amycus, King Lycus, saved Phineus from Harpies, and then traversed the Clashing Rocks. This time they reach Colchis, and take both the Golden Fleece and Princess Medea. Jason marries her, but when he marries another, she kills his bride and flees to Athens. Fables of the Argonauts a...
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Legendary Passages #0031 - Intro to the Argonauts - Jason's Quest for the Golden Fleece, from The Library of Apollodorus. For the next six episodes we shall get an overview of the stories of Jason, the Argonauts, and Medea. But first we briefly cover the story of Alcestis, whom died so her husband Admetus could live. Hercules rescues her from her untimely death. Admetus' cousin was Aeson, whose son Jason one day lost his sandal on his way to a sacrifice. An oracle had told King Pelias to beware...
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Legendary Passages #0030 - The Herculean Zodiac - Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and Leo from Hyginus' Astronomica. This is the sixth and final episode reviewing the early adventures of Hercules. Next will be his adventures with the Argonauts, which brings us to our first constellation. The Ram, or Aries, carried Phrixus to King Aeetes, and gave the king it's golden fleece, the objective of the Argonauts. The second constellation is the Bull, or Taurus, that carried off Europa, mother of Minos....
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Legendary Passages #0029 - The Augean Stables - The fifth labor of Heracles from The Idylls of Theocritus. In our very first episode, The Little Heracles, two serpents attack baby Heracles in the cradle. We continue that Idyll here, and hear about the many instructors he had as a boy. In our fourth episode, The Nemean Lion, Heracles recounts his first labor. This passage is the beginning of that Idyll, and describes the endless pastures and herds of Augeus. The Augean Stables, a Legendary...
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Legendary Passages #0028 - The Megara - The first wife of Heracles, plus the lover of Aphrodite. Last time one of the odes recounted the story of baby Heracles. This time we hear two passages: a dialogue between Heracles' mother Alcmena and his wife Megara, and then the fate of Adonis, mortal lover of Aphrodite. First there is an introduction to the text setting the scene in Tyrins, while Heracles is out on his labors. The translator compares this text to the 25th Idyll of Theocritus, featured...
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Legendary Passages #0027 - The Nemean Odes - Songs of Heracles and Myrmidons from the Odes of Pindar. Last time we heard how Heracles aided the gods against the giants. This passage is three songs composed for athletes. The first is for Chromios of Aitna, and relates the tale of baby Heracles. The second is for Timodemos of Athens, and compares him to many heroes of old. The last is for Aristokleids of Aegina, and focuses on the heroes borne of that isle: Peleus and Telamon and especially...
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Legendary Passages #0026 - The Gigantomachy - Olympian Gods versus Giants from the Library of Apollodorus. Last time we heard of the madness of Hercules and of his eight labor: the Mares of Diomedes. This time we cover many stories: Demeter searching for Persephone, the gods battling with giants and Typhon, the rescue of Prometheus, and the flood of Deucalion. First, the god of the underworld, Pluto, abducted the goddess Persephone. Her mother Demeter searched for her in Eleusis, and eventually...
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Legendary Passages #0025 - Herculean Images - Paintings described in Philostratus the Elder's Imagines. For the next six episodes we shall focus on the origins of Heracles and his early labors. This episode is a series of commentaries on long lost classical paintings, with descriptions of scenes and mythological references. The first painting described is The Madness of Heracles, from the night he went mad and killed his own children. Only one of the youths is still standing, no match for his...
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Legendary Passages #0042 - High King of Athens - Theseus' return from the Labyrinth, from Plutarch's Lives. Last time Theseus abandoned Ariadne on Naxos. This time Theseus makes the long voyage home, loses his father, and becomes High King of Athens. When the ship of Theseus neared the tip of Attica, called Sounion, King Aegeus spotted it. But since Theseus had forgotten to change the sails, his father thought him eaten by the Minotaur, and jumped to his death. The city was elated at the...
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Legendary Passages #0041 - The Queen of Athens - Ariadne's abandonment from The Poems of Catullus. Last time we heard about how Theseus obtained Ariadne's Crown. This time we shall hear a bit more about the story of Ariadne. She stands on the shores of Naxos, as Theseus sails away. Ariadne is unkempt, having just awoken alone and abandoned. Catullus retells the story of the tribute of youths bound for the Minotaur for which Theseus had volunteered. When Ariadne first saw the prince she was...
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Legendary Passages #0040 - The Stars of Athens - Corona Borealis, Hercules, Lyra and Cygnus from Hyginus' Astronomica. Last time we heard how Theseus dove into the sea and was given a golden crown. Many constellations have a mythic origins, including that very crown. Just above and to the left of Bo├Âtes is an arc of bright stars, here called The Crown, or Corona Borealis. This is Ariadne's Crown, though just how she got it is in dispute. Perhaps Liber, also known as Dionysus, gave it to her on...
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Legendary Passages #0039 - The Odes of Athens - Athenian Youths and Maidens, from The Odes of Bacchylides. Last time we heard briefly how Theseus got the Crown of Amphitrite. This time we expand on that story, how Aegeus first hears of his son, and a fragment of the story of Io. The first Ode begins as the ship carrying the tribute of seven youths and seven maidens was on its way to Crete. King Minos desires the young Eriboea, daughter of Alcathous, but she rejects him loudly. Theseus confronts...
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Legendary Passages #0038 - Descriptions of Athens - The Sanctuary of Theseus from Pausanias' Description of Greece. Last time we heard about the founding of city of Athens, and many of its early kings. This time we get a tour of Athens and its many temples and sanctuaries. First is the Odeum of Athens and the Fountain of Nine Jets. Nearby is a statue of Triptolemus, the first to plant and grow crops. There are many shrines and monuments honoring those who fought against the Persians. A portico...
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